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Column: How bureaucrats are fighting the voters for control of our country
BY: Matthew Continetti
February 17, 2017 11:32 am
Donald Trump was elected president last November by winning 306 electoral votes. He pledged to "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C., to overturn the system of politics that had left the nation's capital and major financial and tech centers flourishing but large swaths of the country mired in stagnation and decay. "What truly matters," he said in his Inaugural Address, "is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people."
Is it? By any historical and constitutional standard, "the people" elected Donald Trump and endorsed his program of nation-state populist reform. Yet over the last few weeks America has been in the throes of an unprecedented revolt. Not of the people against the governmentóthat happened last yearóbut of the government against the people. What this says about the state of American democracy, and what it portends for the future, is incredibly disturbing.